Israeli hacker company NSO Group sued by Apple

Seeking to prevent the world’s most famous hacker company from plunging into Apple products, such as the iPhone, Apple Tech Giant announced on Tuesday it was suing the NSO Group of Israel. NSO Group employees are “21st century experts in the practice of creating high-performance cyber surveillance equipment that calls for efficient operation and transparency,” Apple said in a complaint filed in federal court in California.

Apple says the NSO Spyware Group, called Pegasus, has been used to target a small number of Apple customers worldwide.

“State-sponsored actors like the NSO are spending millions of dollars on advanced surveillance technologies without effective accounting. That needs to change, ”said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software technology.

The NSO has strongly opposed the practice and said its products have been used by governments to save lives.

“Terrorists and terrorists can operate freely in technological safeguards, and we provide the right tools for governments to deal with it. The NSO will continue to build for the truth, ”the company said in a statement.

It is a new attack on the hacking industry, which was recently blacklisted by the US Department of Commerce and is currently being sued by social media giant Facebook.

Security researchers have found that Pegasus is being used around the world to break into the phones of human rights activists, journalists and even members of the Catholic clergy.

Pegasus infiltrate phones to vacuum up personal and location data and sureptitiously control the smartphone’s microphones and cameras. Researchers have found many examples of NSO Group tools using so-called “zero press” misuse of targeted cell phones without any user interaction.

The Biden administration announced this month that the NSO Group and another Israeli cybersecurity company called Candiru have been added to the “list,” which limits access to US cars and technology by requiring government approval. exports.

Even this month, security researchers revealed that Pegasus spyware was found on the mobile phones of six Palestinian human rights activists. And Mexican prosecutors recently announced that they have arrested a businessman on charges of using Pegasus spyware to spy on a reporter.

Facebook has sued an NSO Group over a similar abuse allegation filed by a world-renowned WhatsApp messaging app. A U.S. appeals court has ruled in favor of the NSO in a lawsuit filed this month.

Apple also announced Tuesday that it is donating $ 10 million, as well as any damages won in the NSO Group lawsuit, to cyber-investigators and advocates.

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